Scott LaHart is a freelance journalist who specialising in food regulatory analysis for the Nordic countries for IEG Policy.
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The Norwegian ministry of climate and environment has decided to raise the container deposit amount to 2 kroner for small bottles and cans and 3 kroner for large bottles. The previous rates of 1 krone and 2.50 kroner had been in place since the early 1990s. The real value of recycling deposits – when taking inflation into account – had therefore been halved since that time.
A sweet wholesaler in Denmark has been fined DKK 10 million for the avoidance of “chocolate fees” and VAT. He has also been served a 21-month conditional prison sentence with community service and probation.
The Norwegian Consumer Council is pushing to replace advertising rules with a clear ban on the marketing of unhealthy products aimed at children under the age of 16. The council is particularly concerned about advertising of sodas and sugar-sweetened drinks.
A majority in the Danish parliament has now decided that the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration must be able to take revenues from Danish restaurants and food stores that do not change their ways after receiving fines, prosecutions and police reports.
One of Denmark's main food producing organisations has objected to the launch of a new vegan product because it is described on the packaging as "ground meat".
Norwegian dairy cooperative Tine has decided to invest NOK 750 million to build a large dairy in Cork, Ireland to produce Jarlsberg cheese with Irish milk. The rationale for the move is an upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulation that will require Norway to cut Jarlsberg subsidies.